ISS Flight Engineer,
Soyuz ÒÌÀ TSC Flight Engineer,
Colonel, CAF, Ret, Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency, Canada
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
Born on August 29, 1959, in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
In 1975 he received a flight license upon graduation from High School
In 1977 he graduated from Milton District High School in Ontario.
In 1978 - 1980 he studied at the Royal Roads Military College, Victoria,
In 1982 he received a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, Royal
Military College, Kingston. Then he conducted post-graduate research at
the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
Received a Master of Science in aviation systems at the University
of Tennessee in 1992.
FAMILY STATUS: married to Helene Walter. They have three children.
HOBBY: playing volleyball, running, skiing, reading, playing guitar.
Hadfield joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1978.
From 1980 to 1985 he passed flight training at different colleges and
bases, CAF. In 1985 - 1987 he served in 425 squadron of the Canadian Air
Force being a part of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD).
He flew the CF-18 fighter. In June 1985 he flew the first CF-18 intercept
of a Soviet "Bear" aircraft (Tu-95). In 1988 - 1989 he passed training
at the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base
in California. From 1989 - 1992 he served under the military personnel
exchange program as an exchange officer with the U.S. Navy at Strike Test
Directorate at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Hadfield has flown
over 70 different types of aircraft. In June1992 he was selected as an
astronaut during the second national selection. In July 1992 he was selected
for training as a mission specialist at NASA. From August 3, 1992 he passed
a one-year training, together with candidates for NASA astronauts, the
14-th selection and got qualification as a mission specialist. Upon completion
of his training at Johnson Space Center he served at NASA and occupied
different posts, in particular during 25 shuttle missions he was NASA's
Chief ÑàðÑîò, the voice of mission
control to astronauts in orbit.
In 1996 - 2000 he was the Chief of the astronaut Corps. of the Canadian
On June 9, 1997 he was assigned to the crew of STS-99 (later this flight
was designated as STS-100.
He performed the first space flight on November 12 - 20, 1995 as a mission
specialist in the crew of the Atlantis shuttle (STS-74). On November 14
the docking of the additional docking module delivered by the shuttle was
provided. On November 15 the docking of the shuttle and the Mir Station
occurred. Thus, Hadfield became the first Canadian astronaut who visited
Russian Station Mir. The flight duration was 8 days 4 hours 30 min 44 sec.
He performed the second space flight on April 19 - May 1, 2001 as the
mission specialist in the crew of the Endeavour shuttle (STS-100).
The main objective of the mission was the cargo delivery to the ISS
in resupply module Raffaello and installation of Canadarm2 on the station.
During the flight he performed two EVAs:
of the duration of 7 hours 10 min on April 22 and 7hours 40 min on
The flight duration was 11 days 21 hours 30 min.
In 2002 Hadfield was NASA representative in Russia. He was responsible
for organization of the International crew training in Russia and coordination
of activities between Russia and other ISS partners.
Took part in experiments in the Aquarius Underwater Laboratory (belongs
to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA) at a period
of October 3 - 20, 2005 as a backup crewmember.
In August 2007 he was preliminarily assigned to the backup crew of
Expedition 20 to the ISS (ISS-20). On February 12, 2008 NASA officially
declared on his assignment to the backup crew.
On June 22 - 28, 2008 in Sevastopol (the Ukraine) he participated in
the training within the preliminary crew, together with Maxim Ponomarev
(Russia) and Andre Kuipers (the Netherlands) in case of the descent vehicle
By the data of site www.astronaut.ru.